CVS Health opens UChicago MinuteClinic location
CVS Health has added a MinuteClinic to its CVS Pharmacy location inside the University of Chicago Medicine Center for Advanced Care building. The Orland Park MinuteClinic will be open five days a week, the Woonsocket, R.I.-based company said.,
“Our new clinic will help increase access to high-quality, affordable health care in an area that is convenient for people who live and work in Orland Park,” CVS Health senior vice president and MinuteClinic executive director Sharon Vitti said. “We’re excited to introduce more Chicago-area residents to MinuteClinic’s growing suite of health care services and we look forward to bringing innovations and convenience to the way health care is delivered to the community.”
The MinuteClinic is opening two years into CVS Health’s clinical affiliation with health system UChicago Medicine, through which CVS health provides participant health orgniazations with prescription and visit information. The company said the partnership was designed to improve care coordination between the health system and CVS Health, as well as boost patient medication adherence.
CVS Health said the nures practitioner-staffed MinuteClinic location would offer diagnosis and treatment for such common illnesses as strep throat, common infections and minor wounds, as well as common vaccinations It also will offer health screenings and monitoring for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, contraceptive care, motion sickness prevention and smoking cessation, among other wellness services.
Fresenius Kabi intros Aloxi alternative
Fresenius Kabi has launched its Aloxi alternative (palonosetron HCl). The drug is indicated to treat and prevent chemotherapy-induced nausea.
Fresenius Kabi’s Aloxi alternative is available in single-dose vials of 0.25 mg/5 ml dosage strength. The product joins Lake Zurich, Ill.-based Fresenius Kabi’s other medications for infusions, transfusion and clinical nutrition.
“The addition of palonosetron to the injectable antiemetic medicines offered by Fresenius Kabi is the latest example of our commitment to offer a large product portfolio to meet the diverse needs of clinicians and patients,” Fresenius Kabi president and CEO John Ducker said.
Sam’s Club upgrades health-and-wellness experience
Sam’s club is bringing a slew of health-and-wellness services to its shoppers. The retailer will be offering patients health screenings from pharmacists, introducing the Shingrix shingles vaccine and adding health insurance services for small business through SimplyInsured. The Bentonville, Ark.-based company also will be hosting a free screening event on April 14.
The new initiatives were unveiled by the company’s new senior vice president and general merchandise manager of consumables and health and wellness Sean Jackson, who was most recently the company’s senior vice president/DMM office and entertainment. In a corporate blog post, Jackson, who succeeds the recently retired Jill Turner-Mitcheal, said that its pharmacies will now be offering free blood glucose screenings and cholesterol screenings in 30 states. Patients who are Plus-tier members will pay $15 for the cholesterol screenings and Club members will pay $19 per screening.
“This offering — along with the rest of our lineup of award-winning services and offerings, including immunizations, optical and hearing aid centers, and higi health stations — are part of our ongoing effort to help members lead healthier lives,” Jackson said in the post.
The warehouse club chain also is introducing GSK’s recently introduced Shingrix vaccine, which Jackson said is covered by most insurance providers. As for its health insurance offering, Jackson said Sam’s Club, through a partnership with SimplyInsured, is now offering members who are small business owners plans that feature Sam’s Club as a preferred pharmacy. Patients can compare plan prices by using SimplyInsured through Sam’s Club, with some plans offering savings of as much as $500 per employee per year.
Sam’s Club’s screening event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all locations with a pharmacy. The event will offer blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and body fat percentage screenings, as well as vision and hearing screenings at clubs with the capabilities.